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Students, faculty, and staff will have a chance to help with a charity project this week on the campus of Morehead State University.

The Kozy Hamilton Costume Shop in Breckinridge Hall will be open each afternoon, and participants can swing by to help make a stuffed bear for kids in need.

Becky Scott is the costume shop supervisor.  She says the costume construction class does a charity project each semester.

  Scott expects a lot of participants during this week’s event. 

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The Rowan County Board of Education voted to approve a COVID-19 test to stay program for students and staff within the district.  

The state created guidelines for the schools, but the district began the process to make sure the tests needed would be available back in September.

Renea Smith is the Director of Nursing and District health for Rowan.  She says parents will have the option to participate in the program, or keep their quarantine student at home. 

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  • Ginger Clark, Associate Dean of Health Sciences
  • Dr. Rhonda Sims, nursing professor

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Children in the region will soon have access to the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended all children ages 5 through 11 get a low-dose COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer on Tuesday.

The move clears the way for shots to be administered as soon as today, though it may be a few days before the vaccine is widely available.

Saint Claire Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Will Melahn says the kids’ dose is the same as the adult version, but at a lower dose. 

A Judge in Rowan County has dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Morehead.

The Morehead City Council adopted an Ordinance in December 20-20 creating a tax increment financing district in an area designated for business and commercial development.  The area was primarily occupied by North Fork Mobile Home Park, and displaced residents filed a lawsuit in June.

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The Morehead State University Department of Art and Design will host its annual costume contest on Friday.

This year is expected to be bigger than ever, since the 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID.

Dr. Julia Finch is an associate professor of art history at MSU.  She says anyone who comes to the event can participate.

  Local businesses still have time to put advertisements in this year’s Rowan County Christmas coloring book and calendar.

The book is distributed at the annual event which provides gifts and food to families for the holidays, but the deadline to put information in is November 1st.

Good shepherds’ printing spokesperson Leslie Sherlin says the book has a variety of participants. 

  To place an ad, contact Good Shepherd’s Printing at 606-784-2858.

  Law enforcement and emergency dispatch personnel in the city of Morehead will be getting raises.

The city council met in special session on Monday evening to approve the second reading of the budget amendment which gives officers $2 additional dollars per hour.  Communications employees will also receive a stipend related to their certification.

  The Morehead City Council hired engineering firm Gresham Smith to evaluate the city’s fiber network during a special called meeting on Monday.

The city contributed to fiber installation during the Kentucky Wired Project, which gives the city access to 11 miles of dark fiber.

Councilman David Perkins says the firm will evaluate that installation and make recommendations about how best to use it.

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Morehead State University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will host a faculty recital on Monday, October 25th. WMKY's Leeann Akers has the story...

Mood Swings depicts the mental and emotional journey brought on by the global pandemic. Months of whiplash between hope and despair - aided by misinformation, opposing media outlets, and sheer exhaustion - results in a manic breakdown of communication.

Nathan Mensink, saxophone

Russ Zokaites, bass trombone

Ryan McGillicuddy, bass

Ben Cantrell, cajon

The Morehead Theatre Guild will a present a new play this weekend at the Rowan County Arts Center.

The Radio Play Disaster is a comedy about a production of a science-fiction radio masterpiece called “Battle of the Planets”

Director George McKee says the guild had planned for a different play in October.  

  McKee says the show offers a great break from the pandemic for patrons.

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Ed Robertson

The annual Book Sale for the Rowan County Public Library will look a little different this year.

The popular event is usually held at the Library, but has been cancelled for two years because of COVID-19 concerns.

Susette Redwine is the Secretary of the Friends of the Rowan County Public Library organization.  She says this year’s event will feature boxes of books instead of individual titles.

  Redwine says money from the book sale will go toward events held for the community.

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A Morehead State University Student was found deceased on campus Monday morning.   

Rowan County Coroner John Northcutt said the 19-year-old female was found by her roommate in a campus dorm.

In an email, University officials confirmed that local authorities are continuing to work through the details.

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Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) announced last week it is offering free tuition to new students for the Spring '22 semester.  

The Spring Free Tuition Program provides funding to cover any new student tuition costs after any and all other financial aid has been awarded.

Barb Campbell is the Chief Business Affairs Officer for the college. She says credential-seeking students who qualify for Kentucky in-state tuition can apply.

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